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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Final NASA Shuttle Launch.

Let's light her up one last time! Atlantis overcomes a shaky launch to become the final Nasa shuttle to blast into space

It will be at least three years - possibly five or more - before astronauts launch again from U.S. soil, and so this final journey of the shuttle era packed in crowds and roused emotions on a scale not seen since the Apollo moon shots. After days of gloomy forecasts full of rain and heavy cloud cover, the spaceship lifted off at 11.29am local time (16.29 GMT) - just two minutes late - thundering away on the 135th shuttle mission 30 years and three months after the very first flight. The four experienced space fliers rode Atlantis from the same pad used more than a generation ago by the Apollo astronauts. The shuttle was visible for 42 seconds before disappearing into the clouds. Nasa waived its own weather rules to allow the lift-off to go forward. In the end, though, the countdown was delayed not by the weather but by the need to make certain the launch pad support equipment was retracted all the way. The crew will deliver a year's worth of critical supplies to the International Space Station and return with as much rubbish as possible.

1 comment:

sheshnath said...

dear Rajesh Kainth,
you are very much interested in outer world's beauty. Your photographs are too attractive. We are too apart from nature to live along with it. i believe your photographs shooted from nature may bring one closer to nature. thanking you,

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